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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczOrange Julio at El Cortez

The 7 boozy slushies you have to try this summer

By Christina Izzo
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You asked for it—it's scorching hot outside, people. And what better way to combat those hellfire temperatures than with an ice-cold slushy, preferably of the heavily spiked variety? Cool your summer with these six frosty sips at some of New York's best new bars and restaurants.

Frozen rosé at El Rey
Recent additions to the menu at the acclaimed Lower East Side luncheonette include a frozen Vietnamese coffee slushy and this icy cooler combining two of your summer favorites: juicy watermelon and sparkling rosé wine. 

The Orange Julio at El Cortez
At the tiki-Mex bar from the Commodore cohorts Stephen Tanner and Chris Young, find sunny frozens like this mix of gin, elderflower, Aperol and freshly-squeezed orange juice, served in a festively garnished hurricane glass. 

Frozen Paloma at Playa Betty's
The Cali-cool beach-food spot is a natural setting for frozen cocktails, including this South of the Border-inspired quaff, a stir of Cuervo Tradicional Silver, grapefruit and lime in a pink peppercorn–salted rim. 

Watermelon slushy at the Gander
Photograph: Courtesy Katie Burton

Watermelon Slushie at the Gander
Along with a frozen version of your favorite cold-weather warmer, the negroni, Jesse Schenker's Flatiron spot is serving a slushy of house-squeezed watermelon, El Jimador blanca tequila, lime juice, aperol, simple syrup and fresh mint. 

The Sgroppino at Alta Linea
Speaking of frozen negronis, much of our summer last year was spent sipping them at the High Line Hotel's outdoor bar. This year, we'll be cooling off with this season's newcomer, a collaboration with Kelvin Slush made with lemon sorbet, Tito's vodka, limoncello and prosecco. 

Scooby Snack at Joe's Bar
The Upper West Side cocktail bar doesn't just serve slushies—they serve a different slushy every day. Past options have include a frozen pina colada with a splash of cola. 

Frozen margaritas at Javelina 
The Tex-Mex canteen offers four varieties of frozen margs: traditional, strawberry, avocado-cilantro and a sangria-laced number. 

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